News Roundup - Thu, Jun 15, 2017

News In Brief

News Roundup - Thu, Jun 15, 2017

June 15, 2017 - 15:54
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The French Ambassador to Libya, Brigitte Curmi, confirmed her country's rejection of a military solution in Libya and re-emphasized the French position of full support for efforts made on all sides to maintain calm, also to keeping channels of dialogue open, and the support of the implementation of the political agreement. This came during a meeting with the President of the High Council of State, Abdul Rahman Al-Swehli. Swehli renewed the call to France and the international community to abide by UN Security Council resolutions and support the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) and all results pertaining from it as a practical framework to resolve the current crisis.

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The Economic Committee of the House of Representatives (HOR), sent a letter to the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli informing them that the committee is the only body authorized to issue any approvals for bank credits in the eastern region of the country. According to an official letter issued by the committee, they stated that they "Do not recognize any statements issued by any other parties and that this message was sent to all commercial banks in the Eastern Region for them to comply with their instructions".

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The Mayor of Tarhuna, Ayad Al-Bay, hosted the General Manager of the Austrian company Vamed Engineering on Wednesday morning. Some of the topics discussed at the meeting was maintenance and development of the main existing Hospital of Tarhuna but also the proposal to establish a temporary 25-bed compound equipped with two modern equipped operating rooms and 1000 square meters of space to provide services until the maintenance work on the city`s main hospital is completed.

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The Minister for Education`s deputy, in the UN proposed government, Adel Jumaa, announced that the ministry contracted with Libyan state owned companies to print and supply the new school textbook in preparation for the coming academic year. The announcement came during his meeting with the head of the crisis committee in Tripoli, Hisham BinYusef and some of the committee`s members to discuss preparations made by the ministry for the new academic year 2017/2018.

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The spokesman for the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdelaziz BinAli Shareef, confirmed that 54 Algerians who had been stranded in Libya due to illegal residency had returned to Algeria safely. Shareef added that the operation was carried out professionally thanks to the cooperation and assistance of the Libyan authorities. Shareef explained that Algerian nationals who have become stranded in Tripoli with no documents or resources were deported before having to seek consular help, they had been transported by air from Tripoli to Algiers via Tunisia.

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The Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade announced that they will hold a mass breaking of the fast in Martyrs' Square, Tripoli to commemorate the seventh anniversary of its liberation from the grip of the Gaddafi regime during the holy month of Ramadan seven years ago.

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Members of the House of Representatives (HoR), in support of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) declared the formation of a new parliamentary bloc in support of the LPA within the Hor. Their goals, according to their statement are to work on the reformation of the HoR and push forward the political process by supporting a national reconciliation. The forty six members that founded the bloc stated they will begin to seek contact with other parliamentary blocs In order to coordinate efforts and remove obstacles that hinder the implementation of the political process and put national benefits first.

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The  Interim Government of Abdulla Thinni in the east, announced the prohibition of exporting oil to companies that deal or have partnerships with Qatar. Thinni justified his decision late on Wednesday by what he said was "Qatar's support for terrorism". Thinni addressed the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli and other Libyan oil companies to suspend any transactions with the Swiss oil company Glencore because of their dealings and contracts with Qatar.

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The United Nations envoy in Libya, Martin Kobler, said his mission in Libya was nearing completion. Kobler wrote in a tweet on his Twitter account after visiting Tripoli two days ago that this was one of his last visits as head of the UN mission in Libya. Kobler took his current position in November 2015 after the dismissal of the former envoy Bernardino Leon.